ARLINGTON, Va., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, members of American Trucking Associations' Share the Road program encouraged motorists to slow down while on the road in order to improve safety.
"Going too fast increases stopping distance and reduces your reaction time to avoid a crash," said Share the Road Professional Paul Savill, a driver with UPS Freight from Hamilton, Ohio. "You may be tempted to go faster because you think your time is precious, it is not more precious than your life or the lives of others, slowing down can prevent crashes to ensure we all arrive safely at our destinations."
Speeding or driving too fast for conditions is a factor in nearly a third of all fatal highway crashes, a figure that ATA and Share the Road are working to reduce.
"Whenever I'm out talking to drivers, I remind them that slowing down is an important part of sharing the road safely," said ABF Freight Driver Bill West, a Share the Road professional from Roopville, Ga. "If we all showed a little more patience and care – and took our foot off the gas a little bit – we could reduce the number of crashes on our highways."
Earlier this week (http://trck.ng/SlowDown), ATA renewed its calls for electronic speed limiters on all commercial vehicles and for a national speed limit of 65 miles per hour. For more information on speed or Share the Road, visit www.trucking.org or www.atastr.org, and to participate in the conversation socially, post with the hashtag #SlowDownSaveLives.
*Editors: Share the Road Professional Drivers in your area are available to speak about the dangers of speed on the nation's highways.
Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc. and Michelin North America Inc. www.atastr.org. Follow the Share the Road on Twitter and Facebook.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward.
SOURCE American Trucking Associations